|As an Actor||Leading||16||$400,666,636||$552,071,831||$952,738,467|
|Lead Ensemble Member||5||$306,648,866||$477,807,607||$784,456,473|
|Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 16 films, with $952,738,467 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #211)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Ronin (Epic), Bobby Pellitt (Horrible Bosses), Travers Goff (Saving Mr. Banks), Ed Witwer (Minority Report), Jim Street (S.W.A.T.)|
|Most productive collaborators: Chris Wedge, Len Wiseman, Josh Hutcherson, James V. Hart, Amanda Seyfried|
May 5th, 2015
Miss Julie is the fourth adaptation of the play of the same name by August Strindberg, the most recent adaptation coming in 1999. It is also the second film starring Jessica Chastain that I've reviewed in the past few weeks. A Most Violent Year didn't live up to expectations. This film's reviews were only mixed, so my expectations are lower. I expect Jessica Chastain's performance to be great, but will the rest of the movie be the same?
January 31st, 2014
After a weak start, January rebounded and a couple of films on last month's preview cracked $100 million at the box office. Granted, Lone Survivor is technically a December release, but Ride Along will become one of the rare January releases to reach the century mark. Unfortunately, there doesn't appear to be too many February releases that have a real shot at $100 million. It is very likely that The Lego Movie will reach that milestone, but most of the rest of the movies will be lucky if they reach $50 million. Last February was very similar. We had one surprise $100 million hit, Identity Thief, plus a couple of solid midlevel hits, Warm Bodies, for instance. However, for the most part, the month was one miss after another. This means 2014 could continue its winning ways, or at the very least, shouldn't fall behind 2013's pace.
October 10th, 2013
I reviewed the 2011 remake version of Fright Night and while I didn't like it as much as the average critic, it was clearly better than its box office numbers would indicate. I am a little surprised that the film is earning a sequel, even a direct-to-DVD sequel. Is this film worth checking out for fans of the original movie? Or is it a sequel in name only and just a cheap cash grab?
September 1st, 2013
Epic was the first big digitally animated film of the summer, but it wasn't able to become a monster hit. In fact, it will need a bit of help on the home market to break even. Will it get that help? Or is it just a middling family film destined to be forgotten?
March 1st, 2013
February is over, and for the most part, we should be very happy it is done and buried. The biggest hit of the month turned out to be Identity Thief, which will cross $100 million shortly. There were also a couple of impressive midlevel hits, like Warm Bodies and Escape from Planet Earth, but for the most part, it was miss after miss. This is bad news for March, which is not only dealing with a slumping 2013 box office, but will be compared with a strong March of 2012. Last March started with The Lorax, which earned more than $200 million. There's a good chance no March release this year will reach this milestone. Last March was also the month The Hunger Games opened, which earned more than $400 million. There's a chance the top three films opening this month won't earn that much combined. 2013 is going to take a beating in the year-over-year comparison and it is already $100 million behind last year's pace.
October 1st, 2012
2012 continues its downward path. After a record-breaking spring, thanks to The Hunger Games, and a record-breaking start to the summer, thanks to The Avengers, the box office hasn't been able to maintain any real momentum. For most of the month, September was no better than August and now the year-over-year gains are just a little more than inflation. October will need to improve or 2012 will be in real trouble. Unfortunately, that might be tough. There's not a single film coming out in October that looks like it will be a guaranteed $100 million hit and there are only two films with a realistic chance, Taken 2 and Paranormal Activity 4. (There's also Cloud Atlas, which is a wild card. That movie could bomb or be the biggest hit of the month and I wouldn't be surprised either way.) There is a chance all three will get to the century mark, but there's a better chance none of them will. Last October, two films cracked $100 million: Paranormal Activity 3 and Puss in Boots, with the latter nearly reaching $150 million. I don't see any film coming close to matching that figure. On the other hand, last year there were six films that one could accurately describe as bombs. So while 2012 is weaker at the top, it could have better depth than 2011 did. Let's hope so, because we can't afford more bad news.
|2/14/2014||Winter's Tale||Peter Lake||$12,600,231||$9,868,389||$22,468,620|
|12/13/2013||Saving Mr. Banks||Travers Goff||$83,299,761||$31,662,764||$114,962,525|
|3/8/2013||Dead Man Down||Victor||$10,895,295||$8,704,679||$19,599,974|
|8/3/2012||Total Recall||Douglas Quaid/Hauser||$58,877,969||$152,978,119||$211,856,088|
|7/8/2011||Horrible Bosses||Bobby Pellitt||$117,538,559||$94,879,042||$212,417,601|
|12/29/2010||The Way Back||Valka||$2,719,296||$4,622,022||$7,341,318|
|12/25/2009||The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus||Imaginarium Tony||$7,689,607||$56,663,000||$64,352,607|
|12/16/2009||Crazy Heart||Tommy Sweet||$39,464,306||$7,945,509||$47,409,815|
|10/24/2008||Pride and Glory||Jimmy Egan||$15,740,721||$27,700,000||$43,440,721|
|7/28/2006||Miami Vice||Det. James "Sonny" Crockett||$63,450,470||$100,339,718||$163,790,188|
|3/10/2006||Ask the Dust||Arturo Bandini||$742,614||$0||$742,614|
|12/25/2005||The New World||Captain Smith||$12,712,093||$13,472,307||$26,184,400|
|11/24/2004||Alexander||Alexander the Great||$34,297,191||$133,000,000||$167,297,191|
|7/23/2004||A Home at the End of the World||Bobby||$1,029,017||$4,793||$1,033,810|
|10/17/2003||Veronica Guerin||Tattooed Boy||$1,569,918||$7,868,156||$9,438,074|
|4/4/2003||Phone Booth||Stu Shepard||$46,566,212||$51,270,926||$97,837,138|
|1/31/2003||The Recruit||Jim Clayton||$52,784,696||$0||$52,784,696|
|6/21/2002||Minority Report||Ed Witwer||$132,024,714||$226,800,000||$358,824,714|
|2/15/2002||Hart's War||Lieutenant Tommy Hart||$19,076,815||$14,000,000||$33,076,815|
|8/17/2001||American Outlaws||Jesse James||$13,264,986||$0||$13,264,986|
|12/10/1999||The War Zone||Nick||$252,567||$0||$252,567|